Located in the Texas Mid-West region where hunting and fishing is considered major industries. Coleman is rich in natural resources which have given life to a diversified economy based on farming, ranching, coal, oil and gas production and varied industry.
The community is surrounded by the refreshing waters of six major lakes: Lake Coleman, lvie Reservoir, Lake Scarborough, Memory Lake, Lake Santa Anna, and Hord's Creek.
August brings lots of hot days, but those days have not hampered the atmosphere in Coleman. The sidewalks are sizzling with visitors as well as locals shopping and enjoying all of our stores in the downtown area. August also brings new business! The Jamison Mercantile, Gifts and Events will hold a ribbon cutting on August 14th and the Grand Opening will be August 15th. We are excited to see what new and exciting things are in store for us when Stephanie Jamison gets open.
It was an exciting time at the city park on July 22nd for KTAB on the Road. Many people came and had great food, fun activities, great entertainment, and good fellowship with friends. In fact, KTAB has informed us that Coleman was the biggest one that they had. We love how Coleman likes to get together and participate in all kinds of things and just have fun together.
The Coleman Jr. Rodeo, July 31 - August 1 was a great success. The kids learn so much by working with their animals and being allowed to show off their hard work. Hats off to Rusty and Suzanne Ryan and all of their helpers for giving of themselves to make sure each child has great experience.
Keep your calendars open for October 3rd. This is the day of the Fiesta de la Paloma! You can find out all the details at www.colemantexas.org or contact us here at the Chamber office at 325-625-2163. The Fiesta is located at the Bill Franklin Center / Goree Expo. We are excited to bring some new additions that we feel you all will enjoy. Entertainment under the big top tent will be back. Many things will be happening and we know that our community will come and participate and enjoy everything that is planned.
Then on October 24th is the very first Prickly Pear Food & Wine Festival in downtown Coleman. You can find all of the fun details at www.colemanpricklypear.com . There will be a Prickly Pear Food & Wine Festival 5K Run, great food, and great entertainment. We are looking forward to all of the excitement that will happen in October.
One Chamber Business Member that the Chamber would like to spotlight for the month of June is M & M Brittanys and Hunting Guide Service LLC. Mike Pritchard has lived and hunted in Coleman County for most of his 55 years. The love of hunting was handed down by Mike's dad and grandfathers. Don Pritchard, Mike's dad bought him a gun when he was seven and starting taking him hunting. The first bird dog he ever owned was one his papaw, Sleepy Ray, bought him. His grandfather, Miller, took him fishing and hunting in the Rockwood area. Mike spent many, many hours hunting and dreamed of opening a hunting guide service business so others could enjoy the plentiful wild game in Coleman County.
After encouragement by many friends and family, Mike started his business by buying and training Brittany spaniels. He began raising bobwhite quail as well after a lot of research. Mike wanted his pen raised quail to perform almost as well as a wild quail hunt. A wonderful man from the Metroplex who had hunted with Mike for several years set up a hunt for Ray Sasser and his wife Emilie. Ray Sasser's article appeared in the Dallas Morning News in February 2009. He described Mike as a friendly bear of a man with a shaggy beard and a black cowboy hat. Ray stated, "The birds flew well, and many of them flushed when the hunter got close. Pritchard's dogs will flush on command, however, and they put to wing quail that were reluctant to fly. Pritchard works hard to make his hunt as close as possible to the real deal."
Mike's cliental for dove, deer, quail, and turkey hunting has grown over the years due to recommendations by friends, clients, and landowners. Turkey season is normally booked well in advance thanks to television shows, aired by Mossy Oak, of Mike calling turkey for clients. People come from all over Texas and as far away as New York to hunt Rios' here in Coleman County.
With over 60 feeders located all over the county, Mike and his group can guide you to a successful deer hunt. Whether you are looking for a trophy buck, cull deer or a combination hunt for a parent/child, he can provide your specific hunt.
Mike is currently scouting fields and looking forward to opening day of dove season. It looks to be another great year as Coleman County has received several inches of rain. God, landowners, and many friends, locally and beyond, have helped him fulfill his dream of providing an exciting custom hunting experience for all who come to Coleman County. Day hunts as well as group hunts are available for dove, quail, deer and turkey. He does not provide lodging himself but has ties with lodge owners and can book for you, your family or group. Mike's business name is M & M Brittanys and Hunting Guide Service LLC and is located in Santa Anna, Texas. He looks forward to meeting you and can be contacted by email at email@example.com or by calling 325-348-8234.
The second Chamber Business Member we would like to spotlight this month is KSTA / Wendlee Broadcasting. KSTA AM 1000 Radio is honored to be chosen as one of the Coleman County Chamber Of Commerce's "Business of the Month"!
Currently owned and operated by Wendlee Broadcasting, since 2006, Rex and Mariann Tackett along with their Partners, strive to keep the "Local and Area" feel of KSTA'S broadcast style, alive and thriving.
"On The Air" since the early 1950's, KSTA AM 1000 Radio has been a leader in news, weather, information and sports, and music, since "signing on".
Many great names and personalities have sat behind the "mic" at KSTA Radio over the years, each bringing their own unique styles to the Airwaves. The Station is currently managed by Joseph Haynes, who returned to KSTA Radio in late 2009. Joe had previously been with KSTA from 1986-1991.
"Wendlee Broadcasting and KSTA Radio is proud to be a major part of, not only the History of this area, but also a leading force in the growth of Coleman County and this region", Haynes says.. "There is a wonderful uniqueness to where we live and work, and we are blessed to be here. To all of our listeners, Advertising Partners, and associates, we say THANK YOU.!"
We encourage everyone to become an active member of the Coleman County Chamber of Commerce.
Once again we invite you to stop by the Chamber at 218 Commercial any time and visit with us. We are open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
|Coleman At A Glance
Coleman is located near the geographical center of Texas, 54 miles southeast of Abilene.
The annual average temperature is 65º. Average rainfall for the year is 26.5 inches
The City of Coleman is comprised of 5,410 residents. The Coleman County's population is 9,710. The median
age is 42.1 and the median household effective buying income is $16,483. The area's civilian labor force numbers 4,335
The city is governed by a Mayor-Council-Manager system. The county government is presided over by a County Judge and
- Health Care
Coleman County Medical Center is a 46-bed medical-surgical facility with full emergency room services. Two nursing homes
have capacity for 146 residents.
The local airport, located one mile from the community, has a 4,500' paved, lighted runway for corporate and private
planes. Aircraft services are also available. Regional airports with commercial airlines are located in Abilene (54 miles) and Brownwood (30 miles). Daily rail and bus
services are available, as are inter and intra-state trucking.
Electric power with distribution voltages of 2,400 / 4,160, is provided by the City of Coleman.
ATMOS Energy supplies gas. Distribution line and pressure 60PSI - 8".
Water and sewage services are provided by the City of Coleman. Water treatment capacity is 5,200,000 gallons per day; average daily demand is 2,000,000 gallons per day. Sewage capacity is 800,000 gallons.
Verizon Company provides local telephone service and high-speed internet service.
Coleman schools include one elementary, one middle and one high school, as well as a remodeled Co-operative Alternative
School. Santa Anna, Novice, and Panther Creek (2000 State Six-man Football Champion) Independent School Districts are also located in Coleman County.
Coleman is home to 22 churches of Protestant and Catholic denominations.
Founded in 1876 on Hords Creek, area of rolling, grassy plains and wide bottom lands. A typical frontier settlement, first store hardly completed before a cemetery was laid out for loser in cowboy gunfight. Today seat of Coleman County. Area still devoted to large scale ranching; additional income from oil, natural gas, limestone, and high-grade glass sand from Santa Anna Mountain eight miles southeast of the city.
Coleman lies on U.S. 84, a segment of the Ports to Plains Highway connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports.
Coleman, Texas is rich in natural resources which have given life to a diversified economy based on farming, ranching, coal, oil and gas production and varied industry. Yet Coleman is richest of all in its abundance of water.
The community, county seat of Coleman County, is surrounded by the refreshing waters of six major lakes. Lake Coleman, Ivie Reservoir, Lake Scarborough, Memory Lake, Lake Santa Anna and Hord's Creek. Lake O.H. Ivie is currently the hottest black bass fishing lake in Texas. More than 70 private lakes add to the allure of natural beauty and recreational pleasure. Each lake offers a distinctive setting for everything from exciting water sports to the quiet contemplation of nature.
Coleman County also offers a wealth of frontier heritage. Named for Robert M. Coleman, aide-de-camp to General Sam Houston, the county contains several sites that testify to its historical prominence.
Well-preserved artifacts still remain from Camp Colorado, the area's earliest outpost. At the foot of the historic Santa Anna mountains lies a pioneer cabin a Registered U.S. Museum. Additional points of historical are the early towns of Trickham and Voss. Several of Coleman's older homes have been restored, including the Blair house, and official Texas Historical Landmark.
Business and Industry
The business climate in Coleman is as attractive as its ideal year-round weather. Foremost is the friendly and cooperative spirit that characterizes the area's labor force. Coleman's fine municipal services, transportation facilities and abundant energy resources serve as additional incentives for business development
Manufacturing plants in Coleman produce a variety of quality products for Texas and the nation. A sampling includes, saddles, boots, heavy duty truck and recreational vehicles, grill guards, leather goods, archery products and plastic fabrication. With production active in all sections of the county, oil and gas ranks with ranching as one of Coleman's most prominent industries
In addition to the recreational riches of area lakes, Coleman presents a showcase for outdoor activities. Also known as the "Hunting Capital of Texas." the area is home to ample populations of deer, turkey, ducks, dove and quail. The plentiful wildlife is also a boon for non-hunting nature lovers. Coleman's City Park, located on the scenic banks of Hord's Creek, offers picnic facilities under majestic shade trees, a western museum, tennis courts, a recreation center with Olympic-size swimming pool and playground equipment. Noted for its tough stock and talented cowboys, Coleman's PRCA approved rodeo is held annually during the last weekend in June. Other competitive events include one of the nation's largest county livestock shows, County 4-H Horse Shows and the Coleman County Fiesta de la Paloma and Dove Cook-off Rounding out Coleman's recreational bounty is a Country Club that features club facilities swimming pool and a 9-hole golf course.
Farming and Ranching
Endowed with some of the state's richest grass lands, Coleman County produces outstanding herds of commercial and purebred cattle, horses, sheep, goats and hogs. In fact, Coleman is the fourth largest wool-producing county in Texas. Approximately 50,000 to 75,000 head of cattle are marketed annually at the Coleman Livestock Auction. The fertile soils and ideal climate of the Coleman area make farming one of the area's biggest businesses. Cotton, wheat, oats, barley and grain sorghums are raised throughout the county.
Education and Culture
Just as its natural bounty, Coleman considers its people an important resource. That is why education plays a significant role in the life of the community. In addition to a new elementary and middle schools, Coleman has built a modern high school to prepare students equally well for higher education or entry into the labor market upon graduation.
Cultural institutions are also an important force in and around Coleman. They range from the Coleman and Santa Anna Public Libraries to the Coleman County Museum , There is also a Fine Arts League and several civic clubs, including Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis.